UPDATE: IN GERMANY, A LUKEWARM RECEPTION FOR THE POPE, READ THIS ARTICLE FROM TIME MAGAZINE BY PRESSING HERE!
My comments: Germany and many other Germanic countries have had the most liberal leaning bishops after Vatican II and theologians. Lukewarm is what you get when you are progressive and opposed to what the Church really is and what Vatican II envisioned!
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"The criticism of Benedict XVI in Germany became deafening ahead of the pope's visit to his homeland. But those calling for reform want nothing less than for the Catholic Church to abandon everything that makes it unique."
The quotation above comes from an editorial in a popular German magazine/newspaper, DER SPIEGEL.
The editorialist captures what those who hate the Catholic Church want to accomplish. But he also captures what progressives in the Church have been trying to accomplish with their ubiquitous "spirit of Vatican II" hogwash since the 1960's. The aging Father Hans Kung is their hero.
Why are progressives so hateful toward traditional Catholicism which imbues in people a strong Catholic identity? Why do they remain in the Church when they do not accept the Church or her teachings? Would they have more integrity if they joined the Anglicans or Lutherans or non-denominationalists rather than remain in the Catholic Church trying to make it into their own compromised image? I have great admiration for those Episcopalians who have become Catholic recognizing that they have become Catholic in thought, word, deed and faith and can no longer remain Episcopalian trying to change that Church from within. They have true integrity to leave alone a Church that has its own way of doing things and joining the Catholic Church that has her own way which they embrace.
How odd that we have Pope Benedict, the same age as Fr. Hans Kung and formed by the same period of time as Fr. Hans Kung and yet they are on two separate tracks. How odd that Pope Benedict can gather millions of people to himself for them to hear and see him, even youth, and Fr. Hans Kung can only gather a handful of people OF his generation to hear and see him.
READ THE EDITORIAL IN DER SPIEGEL BY PRESSING HERE.